Sunday, November 18, 2007

Gretchen Francis Hahnen (1902-1986)

Gretchen Francis Hahnen (1902-1986) Housewife (b. March 11, 1902, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA - d. December 1986, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, 27530, USA) Social Security Number 123019936.

Her last name is pronounced "hine-anne".

Her father was Herme Francis Hahnen (c1880-c1910), and he was born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Her mother was Zora Montgomery Courtney (1882-1962) and she was born in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. Herme and Zora married on June 26, 1901 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois.

Gretchen was born on March 11, 1902 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.

She had a brother: Robert Courtney Hahnen I (1906-1999) who married Elizabeth Young (1908-1992). Robert died in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Iowa to New Jersey:
The family lived in Des Moine, Polk County, Iowa and then by 1930, Gretchen moved to Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Jersey City:
She was indexed as "Gretchen Haman" in the 1930 US Census living in a rooming house on Fairmont Avenue in Jersey City. She was working as a clerk at the YWCA and paying $28 a month in rent.

First marriage:
Gretchen married Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in New York City on June 02, 1934. Eddie was an aviator and he was killed in a plane crash in 1940. She was director of the Aviation Club of the Jersey Journal Junior Club Magazine, which is where she met Eddie Schneider.

Second marriage:
After his death Gretchen married Herb Gray, a pilot for American Airlines, and he had a breakdown and was institutionalized.

Third marriage:
After they divorced she married Grant A. Black (1913-1976) an Air Force airman, and they lived in Goldsboro, North Carolina; and Fort Worth, Texas.

She died in December of 1986 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She died under the name of "Gretchen Black".

She was cremated and the ashes were scattered.

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